Trails

​The Municipality of Chatham-Kent maintains over 226 km of recreational trails and pathways, and more trails are being planned in partnership with communities across the region. Ranging in length from 500 m to 32 km, the trails have been constructed with a variety of surfaces to appeal to walkers, runners and cyclists. Another 60 km of additional trails are located in Provincial Parks and Conservations Areas within the municipality.

Two well-known multi-use trails also pass through the borders of Chatham-Kent:


Trail Maps

View a digital version of our Chatham-Kent Trail Map or pick up a paper copy from one of your local Municipal Service Centres or libraries. This booklet features maps of over 55 unique trails located across Chatham-Kent. Enjoy an interactive version of this map below featuring 59 of our amazing trails!


Trail Etiquette

  • Stay on the trail to avoid disturbing vegetation and private property.
  • Walking pedestrians have the right of way on recreational trails (cyclists, rollerbladers and runners should pass on the left when possible).
  • Do not litter - leave the trail cleaner than when you arrived.
  • Respect the privacy of those living along urban recreational trails.
  • No motorized vehicles are permitted on municipal recreational trails.
  • Trails are not maintained in the winter months - use at your own risk.
  • Respect Chatham-Kent Public Health off-road safety recommendations.

By-laws

Chatham-Kent Off-Road Vehicle By-Law #32-2017 does not permit off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on trails, pathways, parks or any recreational land. Parks By-Law #19-2016 is to be followed on all trails and park pathways.


Chatham-Kent Trails Council

The Chatham-Kent Trails Council is our community partner in trail planning, building and maintenance. They are a team of dedicated volunteers who have promoted trails for more than a decade. The Municipality works closely with this group, whose members provide guidance on trail development and assist with identifying future trail building priorities and required trail upgrades. The Chatham-Kent Trails Council is also a member of the Ontario Trails Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the creation, development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails province-wide.

For more information on The Chatham-Kent Trails Council please visit the Chatham-Kent Trails website.


Community Youth Initiatives

Chatham Christian School partnered with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent on a project highlighting Mud Creek and the important role this municipal drain and wildlife preserve plays in our community. The grade 7 students researched and created interpretive signage posted along the pathway, and the grade 8 students created a video showing the importance of Mud Creek to our community. Watch their video on Mud Creek here and be sure to take a walk around Mud Creek and read the information signs along the way!